The church is locked,
but on a routine visit
- I’m the only one allowed inside the building now,
and only then to check for fallen plaster -
all is well,
the ancient stones still sigh out prayers
laid down by centuries of worshippers,
and angels dance,
“Go in peace.
He is not here, closed in these stones.
Wherever you are, you will find him.”
Later, lying in my bed,
I hear the church clock chiming,
tolling out its news;
Christ is risen.
Light shines in darkness.
Darkness has not o'ercome it.
Be strong and of good courage.
Faith, hope and love abide, these three.
I shall not leave you or forsake you.
Love one another, just as I have loved you.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
You have served me in the least of these my children.
Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of time.
Anne Le Bas. Easter Monday 2020
1. John 20.19
3. Luke 24.5
4. John 1. 5
5. John 1.5
6. Joshua 1.9
7. 1 Corinthians 13. 13
8. Hebrews 13.5
9. John 15.12
10. 2 Corinthians 3.17
11. Matthew 25.40
12. Matthew 28.20